Critique my food itinerary
We are spending 2 nights in NYC for our 10th anniversary at the end of Sept. Since we will be leaving our 3 year old behind - we are looking forward to eating out. I have created a food itinerary. I tried to balance it $$$wise (you'll note that our more expensive restaurants are being visited for lunch)
We enjoy a variety when it comes to food - my husband wants to try indian. I wanted to to EMP and JG.
The restaurants are not firm yet but I did base them on what neighbourhoods we would be in at those times. For example - the first night we have a concert at RCMH so I needed something close to that.
Breakfast - Sabareth's
Lunch - Serendipity
Supper - Victor's Cafe
Breakfast - ?
(wil do Greemarket farmer's market for morning)
Lunch _ Eleven Madison Park (should be reopened by then with new more $$$ menu)
Supper - Tamarind
Breakfast - ?
then to museum of Nat his
Late Lunch - Jean Georges
Head to airport
Is there anyhting here that seems like a bad idea?
Also - do people reserve for Breakfasts?
Thanks - we are excited ! I am nearing the 30 day mark so I need to decide so that I can make my ressies.
Eleven Madison Park
11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010
1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023
Some places take reservations for breakfast but a lot do not. Most of the most popular spots don't.
Best Breakfasts and Brunches in Manhattan, 2010
I'd do Clinton St Baking Co. or Locanda Verde for a weekday breakfast, maybe Prune or Minetta Tavern on the weekend, and I have been hearing great things about Maialino's breakfast/brunch, too.
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Sarabeth's - skip. There aren't a lot of brunch options around there (that are any good) admittedly, but you can do better than SB's for sure. Maybe the Central Park Boathouse? Beautiful view, food is decent enough.
Prune is one of the best brunches in town, no question - but that said, it's nowhere near the area you'll be.
Serendipity = awful tourist trap. Don't fall for it.
If you're going to be in that area, and you like Italian, two blocks South you've got both Mia Dona and Felidia - both are reasonably priced, at Mia Dona nothing's over $20, and at Felidia there's a $29.50 lunch special for three courses.
Victor's Cafe isn't "bad" - but it's decidedly overpriced. I'd eat there if every plate was $10 less, and I happened to be in the neighborhood and had a sudden hankering for Latin food. Actually, wait - no - I still wouldn't. I'd go to Toloache, a "Haute Mexican" bistro two blocks South.
In that neighborhood you've also got Insieme (Italian) and, of course, Le Bernardin if you decide you want to break the bank.
Monday looks good. I'm more about Tabla than Tamarind, personally, but it's not like you'll have a bad meal at either.
For breakfast before the Natural History Museum, I'm not sure who's open that early on weekdays. There's an Alice's Tea Cup nearby, they're cute and not very expensive. Otherwise probably mostly chains and generic diners up there.
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Alice's Tea Cup
102 W 73rd St, New York, NY 10023
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Central Park Boathouse
Central Park East Drive E 72nd St, New York, NY 10021
If you're going to the Farmer's Market on Union Square on Monday, go to breakfast at one of the places that's walkable from there. I would recommend Cafe Mogador, which is on St. Marks between 1st and A (so not close to Union Square but definitely walkable), and has excellent breakfast every day. My preference is for the Moroccan Eggs, but I also like the Middle Eastern and Haloumi Eggs, and there are various other items. You'll have no problem just walking in on a Monday morning. The restaurant opens at 9 AM.